Here's the Bills news of note for June 9th.
**1 - Dareus excited to have Kyle back
Earlier in the offseason, Kyle Williams brought up the idea of retiring from the NFL. Ultimately, Williams decided to come back and play for the 2017 season and that should make everyone happy on the Bills defense. His right hand man, Marcell Dareus, seemed pretty excited about the idea.
"That is a great weight lifted off my shoulders. To play with a guy like that, words can't express how I feel for him just coming back and playing with us again. He doesn't have to do it but he loves the Buffalo Bills, he's doing it for the team and he wants to see us get across that threshold. I'm just happy for him to come back and I'm just excited." Dareus said.
Last year the Bills defense consisted of a 3-4 base scheme and now is transitioning to a 4-3 under Sean McDermott. With a new scheme comes new responsibilities and plays, something that the players must get a good grasp of.
"Realistically, I really can't say until we get to camp and get some pads on," Dareus said. "Right now, we are just going over a real basic, vanilla form of our playbook, so we can get communication down. I'm just really excited for camp so we can really see what we've got going on. It'll be a better understanding of what I will be doing."
2 - Dion Dawkins believes he's come a long way
Rookie OL Dion Dawkins, recently appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 to talk with host, Howard Simon, about how his transition has been to the NFL. While starting left tackle, Cordy Glenn, continues to rehab, rookie Dion Dawkins has been playing with the first team unit at left tackle.
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While coming to the NFL is not easy for any player, Dawkins gives us his insight as to how his journey has progressed.
"The workouts really are just workouts. The biggest thing is that it is a learning curve. So I'm just taking it day by day and just learning from all of the guys around because it is a totally new world. I can't just rush in and do things differently. I'm just taking it slow and learning from the vets." Dawkins said.
It has been six full weeks since Dawkins had been drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft and he already feels like he has improved his game.
"Well, I'm extremely better, just off of how I process stuff on the field and just the plays and just how things are supposed to run," said Dawkins. "It's actually kind of funny like if I would of learned the stuff that I know now, I would have been a heck of a better player. Even though, my coaches did a great job with me. It's just like a few little things that come from the NFL that are a little bit different."
3 - NFL.Com projects Watkins as first-time Pro Bowler
NFL.Com's Marc Sessler, recently predicted the first time Pro Bowler for each team in the AFC. For the Bills it was wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, who made the list. Watkins has displayed elite talent when on the field but has missed a good majority of his time due to injuries.
Here is what Sessler had to offer:
Sammy Watkins, wideout: Plenty of Buffalo's defensive stalwarts have already earned Pro Bowl nods. Same goes for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and star back LeSean McCoy. Watkins is under pressure to generate a massive season after the Bills refused to pick up his fifth-year option and appear reluctant to sign him to an extension. Seemingly endless injuries have made Watkins a disappointment, but the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is clearly the No. 1 guy ahead of Andre Holmes, Corey "Philly" Brown and rookie Zay Jones. Just 23, the hugely gifted Watkins has a prime opportunity to turn his career around in 2017.